Wednesday, 30 September 2020 11:16

Real Virtuality Presented By Xander Zhou

The Spring-Summer 2021 collection from Xander Zhou “Real Virtuality” is based on virtual existence in a real, physical sense.
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Wednesday, 24 June 2020 14:47

Fashion Tips Every Elegant Gentleman Must Know!

Regardless of what most men think, donning a tux every other month is not the apex of elegance. Quite the contrary, adopting a lifestyle of elegance entails trendy fashion choices on a daily basis. From matching the colours of the pants to the shade of the shoes to accessorising stylishly, the modern gentleman must know at least 9 basic rules to truly call himself elegant and attract the ladies' attention.

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The Tie Is The Apex Of Male Elegance

Ever since it was first used in the 17th century, the tie became the most prominent accessory of men’s apparel, whether military or civilian. You shouldn’t experiment too much with the position of the ties, as it ought to fall to the waistband of the trousers.

Once you tie a tie (yes, it sounds funny), you shouldn’t let the tie knot slip. A sloppily worn tie is an insult to elegance! Furthermore, the tie should be paired up with the color of the vest and the tuxedo. Avoid wearing a shirt and a tie alone because there is no worse sight than a gentleman wearing a plaid short-sleeved shirt and a tie.

Vests And Buttons

Having mentioned the vest, we must say that this piece of clothing is elegant in itself. However, you should take care of how you wear it, unbuttoning the bottom of the vest. The only exception to this fashion rule are double-breasted vests and evening waistcoats. Also, never wear a belt when you are wearing a belt.

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Undershirts Are Desirable To Wear

If you wish to conceal body hair and absorb body odors, then undershirts are highly desirable. Undershirts are out of vogue when worn alone but if you wear them under a shirt, then they are ideal undergarments, as useful as underwear.

When choosing the right undershirt for you, choose a model with a deep neck and one made of cotton. When it comes to the colour of the undershirt, white is suitable for sleeping but with elegant outfits, coloured shirts, such as black or navy blue make the best combo.

Cufflinks: The Most Important Pieces Of Men’s Jewellery

Generally, men wear less jewellery that women but an elegant gentleman cannot go without cufflinks. They have a practical function, as they are used to secure cuffs. At first, it might be tricky to put on cufflinks but they are an accessory you cannot wear a dress shirt without. Ideally, keep the visible cuff length matched with the amount of collar visible around the neck.

Matching The Footwear With The Outfit

As far as the footwear is concerned, it should be paired up with the rest of the outfit in terms of colour and style. For instance, if you decide on a black bet, then the shoes should also be black. Brown is the universal colour of footwear that goes well with most outfits. The only time the footwear can be disproportionate from the rest of the look is summertime when you wear colourful clothes.
Apart from wearing the correct shade, you should look after your shoes well, especially if they’re made from leather. Polishing and regular visits to the cobbler should be part of a monthly or yearly routine. This way, you will spend less money on footwear in the long run.
 
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Sock Rules

Apart from pairing up black and brown, one of the biggest fashion “no, nos” is wearing socks and sandals. This fashion choice has nothing to do with elegance but rather bad taste. Another useful tip is to wear over the calf socks without suspenders because they are redundant.

How To Go About Shirts

In terms of elegance, men’s shirts are the most basic of clothes. They can be worn at a beach, as well as in the office but there are certain rules pertaining to wearing shirts. The collar has a huge impact on your look, so if it has a tendency to curl, you ought to wear collar stays.

Finally, all the shirts you wear should be ironed and tucked in when worn on formal occasions. Informal events, like a friend’s beach party, means that you can let the shirt fall freely over pants and even shorts.

Determining The Length Of Pants

Speaking of pants, a huge number of men wear them too long. Full cut trousers should ideally reach the top of the shoe create a half break. Elegance in men’s clothing has to do with proportion, so pants worn too long or too short won’t match the rest of the well-balanced outfit.

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Get The Dimensions Of Your Coat Or Jacket Right

The biggest mistake men make when buying stock-made jackets and coats has to do with the sleeves. Namely, the width of the coat or jacket at the shoulders should exceed the width of your shoulders by an inch on both sides.

Otherwise, the coat will wear out sooner so you’ll be paying a tailor to mend it. Not only will this extra shoulder room leave you more space to move your arms but you will look more elegant. Keep in mind that there is no such thing as “slim fit” when it comes to buying coats and jackets for autumn.

Elegance is not something a man is born with but rather something we learn as we grow older and wiser. Therefore, the 9 fashion tips listed above are compulsory reading for every modern man aspiring to be a true gentleman!
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Tuesday, 03 March 2020 15:03

The Complete Guide to Men's Accessories

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Although finding the perfect details to finish off an outfit isn’t something most men tend to think about, the right accessory can truly be your best friend. Apart from providing you with subtle, stylish touches that easily tie your whole look together, accessories can also highlight your individuality and personal style, helping you stand out from the crowd. From headwear to jewellery and tasteful details, here is a complete guide to men’s accessories that will help you elevate your personal style:

Hats

Although there are a wide variety of different styles available today, a good hat can add elegance and flavour to any outfit, helping you look stylish and put-together effortlessly. For example, a trendy snapback can easily upgrade a casual t-shirt and jeans combo, a newsboy cap can add some interest to a business casual look, while a fedora paired with an elegant suit helps you achieve that classy gentleman vibe. No matter which style you opt for, make sure that the hat you choose complements your outfit beautifully, and ties the whole look together.

Sunglasses

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Taking inspiration from some of the coolest Hollywood dads, the right pair of sunglasses is the ideal accessory to upgrade any outfit, no matter how plain, and make you look that much more stylish and refined. While finding the perfect sunglasses for you might be difficult with such a wide array of options, you can never go wrong with a classic style, such as aviators or clubmasters, in neutral colours like black and brown, as these shades can truly stand the test of time, helping you look incredibly fashionable with minimal effort.

Watches

Not only does a good watch make a powerful statement, but it is also the perfect way to elevate any outfit, and add some class and style to a man’s look. From dress watches that are ideal for formal occasions to casual watches you can complement your looks with every day, there a number of watches you can choose from to find the ideal one for you. But regardless of your personal style, the one thing every man should own are elegant Swiss watches, as their sleek look and timeless design make them suitable for any occasion, while always making you look polished and refined.

Jewellery

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Being the most noticeable piece of jewellery you can wear, the necklace you choose is incredibly important. Whether it’s a dainty metal chain with a sentimental pendant or something as classic as a dog tag, make sure your necklace is a reflection of your personality. Apart from bands representing special events, rings can also be a great way of expressing your style, whether you wear them individually or stacked for an impacting look. Although mostly worn by men with alternative styles, bracelets are perfect for complementing casual outfits as well, from small metal ones to eye-catching canvas and leather bands.

Belts

Matching your belt with the colour of your shoes is an essential rule that shouldn’t be broken when it comes to professional and formal attire. But apart from a sleek black or brown leather belt that is most appropriate for these types of occasions, casual outfits can give you much more options to express your personal taste and style. Whether you opt for a leather or a canvas belt, you can easily add a bit more interest and dynamic to your everyday looks by choosing a colour that perfectly complements the colour palette of your outfit.

Socks


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Although it might not be the first accessory that comes to mind, socks are a great way to express your personal style, and they have even become a prominent fashion trend in the last few years. If you have a more minimalist aesthetic, you can always choose a solid, neutral pair, but don’t be afraid to experiment with a bit of colour and print every once in a while. Simply pairing a plain, casual outfit with socks in bright colours or funky patterns, such as stripes and polka dots, can add some fun and interest to your everyday looks.

Regardless of which accessories you opt for, keep in mind that less is always more. Stick to one or two statement pieces to elevate your outfits, and you will always look like a chic, fashionable and refined man.
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Fashion trends come and go and can be really fun for a while. Everyone wants to wear the ‘it’ style but after some time, something new comes around and the cycle starts again. There is nothing bad in that, fashion is supposed to be fun.

Sometimes people don’t want something that’s just fun but also sustainable and consequently, there has been a rise in the minimalist lifestyle. Whether it comes to clothes, stuff you own around the house, sometimes it’s best to only have the minimum. That way everything becomes a little clearer.

This is a list of 5 essential items that will help you be stylish on any occasion. A birthday party, engagement party or a joyful Christmas office party, these clothing items won’t let you down.

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Leather Briefcase

Every busy man needs to put all of his essential items in one place. There are simply never enough pockets for everything. Phones are getting bigger than ever, so many of them can’t even fit into a pocket. Cargo pants are a good choice for putting everything in one place, but they aren't suitable for every occasion.

So the best thing you can do to resolve this irritating problem is to invest in a high-quality bag. Briefcases, handbags or messenger bags are all very stylish and will make you look more put together. It’s greatly recommended to invest in a high-quality leather bag because they are very sustainable, look professional, elegant and will last you for decades. If you want to achieve this kind of elegance Got Briefcase has wonderful high-quality leather bags for men!

A Chambray Shirt

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Chambray shirts are the perfect blend of professional meets casual. It has been said multiple times that chambray is a cousin to denim. They do have similar shades of blue like indigo, but chambray shirts differ in many ways. They are made usually from cotton, linen or cotton/linen blends and can come in a variety of colors.

Chambray shirts are very soft and smooth to the touch and breathable. You can wear them in any kind of weather and on any occasion. You can style them with a formal suit. A chambray shirt will do good as any other button-down shirt.

Chambray shirts can be styled in a quirky kind of way, where you can wear jeans, a blazer, a tie, some silly socks, and dress shoes. Everything is set but those silly socks show your fun side! Without them, it would just be a great put together outfit!

Casual Chinos

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Jeans are all over the place, and it seems as though every single person on the planet has at least one pair. They are pretty casual and you can style them with almost anything. The thing is, they can get really boring and if you’re tired of wearing the same old jeans day in and day out, you should invest in a pair of casual chinos.

Like chambray being the cousin of denim, chinos are the cousin to jeans. You can style them in absolutely any way, formal or casual, they will do the perfect job. You can treat them like denim jeans, so if you want to style them with a flannel shirt, go for it! If you want to style it with a navy blue blazer go for it! The difference between casual and formal chinos is in pockets, flat-felled seams and standard hem.

Chelsea Boots

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The past couple of years have been a game-changer for Chelsea boots. Like the rest of the list, they have become an all-time favorite for every occasion. Surely you won’t go hiking in them but everything else should be considered. Some men just aren’t comfortable in dress shoes, they feel too formal or just don’t like the way they look.

These boots are not only easy to put on but also really badass looking. As it was mentioned before you can style them in almost any way you like. When do you think about Chelsea boots what first pops into your mind? In the past Chelsea boots became the staple for badass men riding motorcycles and being just so cool. Maybe these boots will help you get the same feeling.

Hats

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A lot of men tend to forget about all of the options they have when it comes to hats. Fedoras aren’t the only thing you can wear. And besides who says they aren’t cool anymore? Overused maybe,  but certainly fun to wear. Depending on the occasion you can choose from a variety of different hats. Beanies are perfect for Autumn and Winter. They are casual when you need something to protect your head from the cold wind.

Ascot caps can really channel your inner Sherlock Holmes. Just think about the BBC’s Sherlock Holmes series starring Benedict Cumberbatch - he’s smart, cynical, cool and occasionally wears ascot caps. Flat caps can also bring your inner Sherlock out for everyone to see. Greek Fisherman hats have been very popular among ladies these days, but they are also made for men. Why not give it a try?

Conclusion

Hopefully, this list has given you an insight into how you can style your clothes in a fun way. The key, of course, is to find items of clothing that will serve you and your wardrobe whatever the occasion. All the clothing items above are casual but elegant, super comfortable and will meet all of your needs!

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Tuesday, 11 June 2019 09:57

University Of Westminster MA Menswear S/S20

Last Sunday graduates from the MA Menswear course at the University of Westminster presented their collections at LFWM.

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019 14:27

Frank Wright's 'Finlay' Suede Derby Shoe

Frank Wright, British shoe makers since 1885 have come up with some fantastic new designs for their spring/summer 2019 collection, which ooze classic design, but with plenty of added modern styling.

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 19:12

4 Tips to Shopping at Belstaff for the First Time

Are you looking for the best place to shop for the most technically-designed outwear?

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With AW18 well-established now on the high street, the new season has brought with it a host of new trends.

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018 14:54

Street-wear In 2018: A Small Industry Insight

Street-wear is a movement and trend that is heavily and rapidly changing the fashion industry.

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Saturday, 13 October 2018 10:09

The biggest fashion trends for men this SS19

It’s the time of year again when huge brands have just come together to showcase their new collections and style pieces during fashion weeks around the globe and eager fashionistas are keen to see what the new trends will be for next season. Although the trends seen on the catwalk may seem a bit far-fetched and unwearable to most, it is those trends that trickle down and influence the styles that we come to see on our high street. Therefore, if you fancy yourself as a bit of a style icon, you can get ahead of the curve for next season by looking at the new trends coming through during Fashion Week. To help, we’ve rounded up some of the most prominent men’s fashion trends for SS19, as seen on catwalks of recent.

Shorts

And by shorts, we mean short shorts, in all variations and colours. Many brands showcasing future trends included men’s shorts in their catwalks. From leather shorts to elasticated, sporty styles and everything in between, expect to see short shorts on the rails of fashion rails up and down the land. Keep it casual and create an effortless outfit by teaming with a slouchy knit or relaxed bomber jacket.

Shades Of Green

Sage and khaki is a colour trend predicted to be huge this spring/summer. Think earthy green colours and you’ll be on the money when it comes to fashion colour trends next season. From sage trouser suits to khaki trench coats and military style trousers. Neon colours, such as fluoro lime, were also a big hit in the trends set to be huge in SS19. However, if a relaxed, subtle look is more your thing, why not try a trend-inspired muscle fit hoodie in khaki green or if you aren’t daring enough to go full sage, add a sage green tie to a grey tailored suit.

Tailoring And Double Breasted Jackets

There was a big return in tailored clothing across London, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks. Taking inspiration from the 80s, tailoring is set to make a huge comeback in the spring and summer months of 2019. The suiting shape of next season is the double-breasted jacket. Although tailored suits are in, the tight, traditional shape of suits in years gone by are no more. Instead, opt for oversized, fluid shapes with an equally oversized double-breasted jacket which are best worn open this spring/summer ‘19. For the brave, suits worn with bare chests were also a huge trend on the catwalk.

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Bucket Hats

For those of you who love to rock a bucket hat at a festival, we have some good news for you… bucket hats are making a huge come back this spring. Taking inspiration from the 90s music scene, Britpop and the Stone Roses and injecting a new, stylish twist, the traditional bucket hat has come a long way from the days of Kangol, with designer brands such as Fendi and Valentino jumping onto this trend for SS19. Many bucket hat designs seen on the catwalk adorned printed or textured designs, with patchwork also making an appearance on these classic hats.

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Dad Jeans

Over the years we’ve seen an array of denim trends, from flare jeans to oversized denim jackets, embellished to ripped, and now it’s time for the dad style jean to make its way to the top of the denim trends for next season. A top tip is to opt for a medium or light-wash denim effect for a dad jean that can be perfectly teamed with a more “out-there” patterned shirt or jacket.

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